Board of Trustees
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My name is Andy Steel. I am married to Anna and we have four sons, the oldest of which is attending the College with the rest to follow! I am an old boy of the College attending from 1982 to 1988. I am a partner in the law the firm of Steel & Co where I practice primarily in property/commercial law. The Steel family have a strong historical connection to the College and the Christian Brothers. Whilst it has been some years since the Christian Brothers walked the corridors and the grounds of the College I am very impressed with the way the Edmund Rice teaching ethos has been fostered in the current environment through its emphasis on social justice. The College is a well led, vibrant school offering plenty of opportunities. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the College’s continued progress and growth.
My name is Dominic Dravitzki. Nicky and I have two sons attending St Thomas and two sons who finished year 13 in 2014 and 2016. I support the underlying Edmund Rice and social justice based philosophy of the School and I wish to develop and promote that. Nicky and I also believe in the value of a close connection between home and school and to that end Nicky is actively involved in the Parents and Friends Association. I attended St Thomas’ from 1979 to 1985 and believe I bring some knowledge of the School’s history and “backstory” as an Old Boy on the Board. Professionally I am a Solicitor in private practice specialising in all areas of family law but also with a broad general practice
My name is Michael Bendall. I am an old boy of the College and was College Captain in 2006. I work for Corcoran French Lawyers as a Senior Solicitor. I am passionate about the College and its strong social justice philosophy. The College has grown and developed considerably in the time since I left and is well placed for the future. I am personally very proud of the strong Maori and Pasifika community that continues to build within the College and the strong sense of Pride that they have for the College, just as I did when I attended.
My Name is Adam Gallagher. I am a proud old boy of the College, attending from 1984 until 1990. I currently have one son attending and was honoured to be asked to represent the Proprietors on the Board this year. I am a solicitor at Duncan Cotterill Lawyers practising in the areas of employment, health and safety and education law. I have been impressed with the inclusiveness and diversity of the College and the leadership in driving education to meet the needs of our young men and preparing them for life outside school. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the College in the years ahead.
My name is Grant Boore and I have Carter in Year 7 with Oskar planning to join the STC community next year. My background is that of a career military officer but since 2011 I have been heavily in involved in earthquake recovery programmes in my hometown of Christchurch. Currently I am back in the Defense Force leading the Youth Development Unit based at Burnham Military Camp. This unit runs several different programmes that aim to instill the values of self-discipline, courage, cooperation and respect in young people in order to arm them with skills and experience to succeed in life. I sense that there may be many synergies with my professional role and the values of St Thomas and I look forward to serving our school as a dedicated Trustee.
My name is Richard Coleman. I am married to Kate with 3 children – Ted, Harry and Margot. Ted (Year 11) and Harry (Year 9) both attend the College, having started in Year 7, with Margot in her first year at Villa Maria.
Kate and I strongly support the leadership and educational philosophies and principles of the College. We are sure the bonds created between the boys will endure well after they leave the school. This is testament to the strong and inclusive STC culture and one we are pleased to have our boys develop within.
My high school years were spent at St Bede’s College before attending and completing an accounting and finance degree at Lincoln University. I am now a director at Koau Capital Partners Ltd, an investment advisory, strategy and asset management firm specialising in the commercial Maori economy. Prior to Koau, I spent 15 years working for Ngai Tahu across its various investment and operational entities.
I look forward to making a positive contribution to the strategic direction and governance of the College over the remainder of my term on the Board of Trustees.
My name is Penetito Pelenato. I am married to Rebecca & am a father of 6. We have 3 adult & 3 school aged children. We currently have Sebastian attending the College & our sons Stephen & Viane are past pupils. I work for the Dept. of Corrections as a Community Work Supervisor. My role is to encourage and ensure offenders complete their community based sentence. Our family have been part of the St Thomas community since 2001. I was co-opted as a member of the Board in 2010. I am passionate about student achievement in the school with a special emphasis on our Pasifika students. I am part of a Pasifika parents group that meet on a regular basis to look at ways in raising the achievement of our students. At present I belong to St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Parish & am on the Parish Council. I am also the secretary of the Samoan Catholic Community with a responsibility of 27 families & have held the position since 2002.
Julie Maxwell – Staff Representative
My name is Patrick Hansen, and this year the boys at STC have given me the privilege of serving as their BOT Student Representative for 2016/2017. As well as this, I have been honoured with the role of Cultural Captain for 2017. My choice to run for BOT Rep this year came from an eagerness to have the student voice heard in all matters, especially since your boys experience the impacts of the board’s decisions more than anyone else. In my candidacy speech this year, I referred to the famous quote by the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for country.” During my term as the BOT Student Representative, these will be the words I will live by as I work to make your sons the best St. Thomas’ men they can be.